Google has launched a campaign page for Apple to support the RCS messaging. iPhone users who send and receive messages from Android users do not get a nice experience. And this has lingered for a very long time, yet to be fixed.
Google on Thursday launched a campaign page to convince Apple to support the RCS messaging. Here are the problems always encountered while sending from iPhone to Android users.
- Photos and videos are often tiny and blurry because iPhones continue to use SMS/MMS.
- iPhones use outdated tech for group conversations with Android, so you can’t leave the chat—even when you want to.
- Texts from iPhones can’t always be sent to Android over Wi-Fi, leaving your messages unsent and convos hanging if you don’t have cell service.
- SMS and MMS don’t support end-to-end encryption, which means your messages are not as secure.
- iPhones make texts with Android phones difficult to read, by using white text on a bright green background.
- Without read receipts and typing indicators, you can’t know if your Android friends got your text or if they’re responding.
The campaign calls for Apple to adopt the RCS (Rich Communication Services) standard on iPhones, so that both iPhone and Android users can have a better experience when messaging cross-platform.
Apple could theoretically adopt the RCS messaging standard since it is universal – unlike iMessage that only works on iPhones and other Apple devices.
By adopting RCS into its messaging app, Apple could improve the messaging experience of its users by making the default messaging standard more secure with end-to-end encryption, allow for typing and read notifications, and it would significantly increase the quality of images and videos from MMS’ current video/photo size limitation of less-than-a-megabyte.